There are so many independent sci-fi and horror films coming out every week, that it’s virtually impossible for anyone to keep up with them all. My e-mail inbox is flooded with press releases for new genre movies that I never get around to promoting or seeing. Every once in awhile, one catches my attention that I’m emotionally driven to write about.
As anyone who reads my work on a regular basis knows, I’m a huge Hammer horror fan and love both Peter Cushing and Sir Christopher Lee. Like many other lovers of Sir Lee, I was saddened to hear of his death in 2015. Not only did the fine actor bring many of my favorite monsters to life in gory technicolor, he also played some great supporting characters in some of the most beloved franchises in cinema history like James Bond, “Star Wars”, and the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies.
Now fans of Sir Christopher Lee can celebrate in knowing that there’s at least one more film out there they can hear the booming voice of the late great actor in. Filmmaker Neil Johnson’s (“Humanity’s End”, “Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter”) indie sci-fi feature “The Time War” contains an opening narration by Lee. It’s the type of movie that perfectly fits in the roster of outlandish projects Lee worked on in his illustrious career.
“The Time War” imagines what would happen if Adolf Hitler traveled back in time and rewrote history. Matters are made much worse when an attempt is made to stop him.
Aside from Lee’s opening narration, “The Time War” stars award-winning actors Tracey Birdsall and Barry Corbin. Birdsall is known from her roles in daytime soaps like “Loving”, “The Young and the Restless”, and action film “Tick-Tock”. Corbin is a veteran who many will recognize from “Northern Exposure”, “No Country for Old Men”, “WarGames” and genre fare like “The Twilight Zone” and “Critters 2”.
Sir Christopher Lee’s narration was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2010. At the time, it was questionable as to whether Writer / Director Neil Johnson’s movie would ever get finished. Johnson was so sure of himself and his project, he paid Lee to come into the famous London studio and record the opening description of the action about to unfold before future audiences.
Although the synopsis for “The Time War” might sound ludicrous and that of a B-movie destined for direct-to-DVD status, Sir Christopher Lee’s participation adds a layer of professionalism and class to the project. It also reflects Lee’s real-life service in World War II to king and country. Johnson explains the correlation further.
"Mr Lee had killed a number of Nazis during WW2, so it was very apt that the great Nazi Hunter gave his great talent to this wonderfully unique film.”